Crafting can at times be very social, and yet very independent work too. Its the range from knitting/sewing circles to just me at home with my machine/needles. It can be very easy to skew to one end or the other and at times I feel a distinct need to correct the trajectory. So this year I’m engaging a bit more with the people side of things.
I started with a couple of yarn swaps. Yarn swaps are pretty simple to explain, everyone buys yarn for someone, and so everyone gets something they hopefully like. I have 3 swaps so far, two completed, and one still on-going. (I’ve sent mine, but still quite some time until shipping deadlines)
For which I have gained some great yarn from my first two swaps.
Madeline Tosh Vintage in Begonia Leaf
Pattons Classic Wool in Denim
Locally farmed Alpaca from Iowa
After the first couple swaps I joined in on an Assassiknitting group project. Assassiknitting is where everyone works the same project, with the goal of completing yours and mailing it out to “kill” whom you are knitting for. At which point you take on their project and try to eliminate their target…. all before you get eliminated yourself. Our project was to knit up a Grumpasaurus. I knit for someone in Pennsylvannia, and managed to get my Grumpy guy knit all in the first day and out the door faster than I could take a photo with his feet attached.
Curse his sudden yet inevitable betrayal!
However… my assassin was also a speedy knitter and completed and shipped her grump the first day. She also lived in the same state, so I was sadly… eliminated. Here’s the culprit:
His face almost says, “Sorry about this”
Turns out… he was actually an herbivore. Killed me with his cuteness.
Which brings us to the third, yet on-going yarn swap. I have already mailed mine, and I know that there are a few people who have commented about the Nyan Cowl and my thoughts of writing up a pattern. One of those people was the person I was to gift to. So I finished up assembling my bits of notes into something resembling a pattern and sent it on its way.
Since my giftee has now received her package of loot, I am happy to now offer the Nyan Cowl Pattern to everyone!
And YOU get a Nyan, and YOU get a Nyan, And YOU, and YOU, and YOU….
Nyan Cowl (PDF)
Please note that this pattern has had very limited test knitting. Please notify me if you find any errors or mistakes, or just if something isn’t 100% clear. Unfortunately I do not have yardage requirements, but I can say that I used less than a single skein of each color, and you can use my first project which I have updated to include specific yarns I used.
PS – While I was anxiously waiting to post the Nyan Cowl pattern, I found I’d written up most of my market bag pattern at one point… so I finished writing that up too. I’m calling it Misscarlotta Goes to Market and would love to have some people try it out.